Sally Heller's art encompasses multi-material installations and the permanent works she fashions from those hand-built constructions. Her materials range from low end craft components to stainless steel.  Permanent sculptures include a public sculpture installed in downtown New Orleans, funded by a 2008 Joan Mitchell grant, and a stainless steel sculpture commissioned by a private collector.

Heller's work has been exhibited at the Lawndale Art Center, Houston, the Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, Depauw University, Indiana, Whitespace Gallery, Atlanta, Montserrat College of Art, Massachusetts, Miami University,Oxford, Ohio, Ohio State University, Athens, Ohio, Kemper Fine Art, New York city, Louisiana Museum of Science and Art, Baton Rouge and Scope, Miami. Recently she had a solo show at Moore College of Art in Philadelphia.

Heller has been awarded residencies at the Headlands Center for the Arts, San Francisco, Civitella Ranieri, Umbria, Italy, the Vermont Studio School, Johnson, Vermont and Yaddo, Saratoga Springs, NY. She holds a BS from University of Wisconsin and an MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University.




I build large, site-specific installations out of low-end consumer goods. These works often revolve around the theme of nature. They involve hands-on manipulation of such minutia as pipe cleaners, whiffle balls, plastic ware, buttons and string. I use old-fashioned crafts of knitting, knotting and twisting to thread these mass market items to make more durable forms. The dichotomy between my traditional methods and the factory-produced materials creates tension that is both tangible and abstract. The structures may appear delicate and tenuous, but all materials are indestructible.

Walking into one of my installations is like entering a three-dimensional painting. The gallery is filled with trees of transparent color, bold linear elements that sometimes vanish, and horizontal grids suspended from the ceiling out of which grows cascading refuse.





'Second Story' New Chapter in Katrina Resilience by, Mary Rickard

ViaNolaVie I August  2016


Review: New Works at the Front  by D. Eric Bookhardt

Gambit Weekly I July 2012

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New Orleans: Sally Heller (review) by, Laurie Delk

Sculpture: A publication of the International Sculpture Center I October 2004


Silent Conversations by, 

D. Eric Bookhardt

Gambit Weekly I May 2004

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Sally Heller at Helen Harwood by Susan Hapgood

Art in America I October 1995


Under Construction: Sally Heller at the Galleries at Moore by, Meredith Sellers

Pelican Bomb I March 2016


Deliverance: The Biennial by, Lilly Wei

Art in America I November 2008

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Calamitrees by, Sally Heller

Art in America I November 2005

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Sally Heller at Contemporary Art Center New Orleans by, Laurie Delk

Sculpture: A publication of the International Sculpture Center I October 2004


Sally Heller Makes Connection in New Orleans by, Emily Wilkerson

BURNAWAY I April 2015


Toward a New New Orleans, by, Malcolm Jones

Newsweek I April 2008


Sally Heller’s Multimedia Installations by, John R Kemp

Louisiana Life Magazine I Spring 2008


In the Thicket of It by, John Kemp

Louisiana Cultural Vista I Winter 2012